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12 Days of Christmas: Kaitlin’s Book Crushes

December 18th, 2014 @ 7:17 pm
Posted by Kaitlin under 12 Days of Christmas Tags: 12 Days of Christmas

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me my own personal book crush!

Kaiden Rowe- This guy is one at the top of my list. His awesome sense of hilarious humor keeps me constantly entertained. I cannot wait for the book coming out from his perspective!!

Maxon- I love Prince Maxon with a passion. He’s sweet, lovable, funny. He’s the kind of person I’d want to marry.

Morpheus- Morpheus is perfection! I love his loyalty and belief in Alyssa’s competence, not to mention his snarkiness and gorgeousness.

Augustus Waters- He is great. Enough said.

Edward Cullen- I’ve always been a huge Twilight fan. Go ahead, tease me. I love the series and Edward. That series and Harry Potter were a huge part of my childhood.

Bishop- From Hexed, this dude is pure awesomeness. He’s funny and provocative and unique with his leather and tattoos.

Noah Shaw- Noah is hilarious and hot enough on his own but what I truly appreciate about his character is his loyalty and never ending love to Mara.

St. Clair- He will always be a favorite of mine. Even though I cannot spell his name right for anything. He’s sweet and cute and oh, gosh.

Julian- Delerium is the most beautifully written series I have ever read and Julian’s character is so wonderfully developed I couldn’t help falling in love.

William Herondale- He is just a wonderful character that I couldn’t help but love.

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12 Days of Christmas: Steph’s Book Crushes

December 18th, 2014 @ 12:05 am
Posted by Steph under 12 Days of Christmas Tags: 12 Days of Christmas

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me my own personal book crush!

Don’t tell my husband this, but I have a long list of book boyfriends (who am I kidding, he already knows). So many, in fact, that every time I thought I had my list of 10 perfected, someone else would pop in my head, and I would have to begin the arduous task of figuring out who was going to get bumped off the list. I’m actually lucky that the list is just book characters because if I had to also include TV (Spike from Buffy), movies (Loki from The Avengers), and video games (pretty much any male character Bioware creates), the list might never get made because I couldn’t possibly narrow it down to 10. That being said, I present my often edited list of my 10 book crushes.

1. Curran – Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews

“If you ever became hurt, I would not leave you. I’ll be there. Whereever you want ‘there’ to be.”

Oh my God. Who doesn’t love Curran? Crazy people, that’s who! I’ll be honest, in real life, he would probably annoy me because he comes off very cocky in the first couple of books, but in the world of the book, he is just hot. Every scene he’s in makes me smile (aside from wanting to smack him a couple of times in Magic Rises), and the back and forth between him and Kate is so great that I would almost feel bad stealing him from her if I existed in that world. Almost.

2. Tybalt – October Daye series by Seanan McGuire

“You are truly endearing when you sleep. I attribute this to the exotic nature of seeing you in a state of silence.”

Apparently, I’m a cat person when it comes to my book boyfriends because I have loved the King of Cats since the first time he appeared in Book One. He’s yet another arrogant man who wouldn’t stand a chance with me in real life but whose personality I adore on the page. He has a snarky personality that I just love, and he steals every scene he’s in. He’s cocky, funny, and fiercely protective of those he cares about. What more do I need to say?

3. Trent – The Hollows series by Kim Harrison

“I want to wake up beside you, see your curls on my pillow. I want a chance at falling in love.”

Is it wrong to say I’ve loved Trent ever since he was introduced in book one, considering he wasn’t all that nice of a guy? I think this cements the fact that I have a thing for bad boys, and apparently arrogant ones as well, as both terms fit Trent perfectly. Throughout the series though, Trent has shown he is more than a pretty face. He’s fiercely protective and will do everything in his power to keep his loved ones safe, even though that doesn’t always tend to go well. The amount of depth given to his character over the course of the series is just amazing to me. You just have to love him.

4. Roarke – In Death series by J.D. Robb

“You saved me, Eve. What you are, what I feel for you, what we are together saved me.”

*wistful sigh* Roarke is the perfect man. Strong. Protective. (Slightly) reformed bad boy. Irish (I have a thing for accents). I honestly don’t know what else to say about him because when I think about him, my immediate response is to sigh and start daydreaming. All thought processes stop. Eve Dallas is one lucky fictional woman. Even if the In Death series doesn’t seem like your type of thing, you need to give it a try just to experience the wonder that is Roarke.

5. Terrible – Downside Ghosts series by Stacia Kane

“Love you too, Chess. You got that aye? Ain’t you know it? Love you right, till it hurts. Ain’t going nowhere.”

If you had told me a couple years ago that one of my favorite characters of all time would be a homely enforcer for a drug lord, I would  have said you were crazy. Then, I “met” Terrible. Oh, Terrible. He has put me through the emotional wringer often in these five books. The best word to describe him is fierce.  There is a passion in him that makes him stand out despite the fact that he’s not the typical handsome hero. He loves Chess with a fierceness that leaps off the page, and that just makes him so attractive as a leading man. I hope we get more of this series so I can see more of Terrible!

6. Algaliarept – The Hollows series by Kim Harrison

Al was cruel, vindictive, angry, elegant, powerful. He gave me strength, he gave me wisdom, not only about magic, but about myself. He was a lot like Trent only harsher around the edges.

Again with the bad boys, or bad demons in this case. Somehow, the evil, scary demon from book one managed to worm his way into my heart, to the point that I miss him when he doesn’t have many scenes and I would be devastated if he died. I’m not sure how Kim Harrison managed to make me feel that way. Suffice to say, Al is awesome, and I hope he finds happiness in the final book.

7. Owen – Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep

“I don’t judge you for what you’ve done, Gin. Why are you judging me for another man’s mistakes? Because Donovan Caine did make a mistake…letting someone like you go.”

After the douchebag that was Donovan Caine, Jennifer Estep had to give Gin a man who was worthy of her. Boy, did she deliver. Owen is magnificent. He accepts his woman for who and what she is, loving her completely, and doesn’t try to change her. He’ll even fight beside her when necessary. All in all, he’s the perfect complement to his assassin sweetheart.

8. Finn – Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep

“She puts up with me because I happen to be rich, handsome, charming, a witty conversationalist, and exceptionally talented in bed. Flexible too.”

Oh, Finn. What can I say about him? He’s so cocky you can’t help but love him. He can bring lightness to the darkest of scenes, always bringing a smile to my face. Every girl needs someone like that.

9. Pritkin – Cassie Palmer series by Karen Chance

Pritkin kissed like he did everything else, straightforward, accepting no prisoners and with an intensity that left me breathless. It was hot and hard and desperate like he was starving for it, and I opened my mouth and took it, because, God.

Oh, Pritkin, my surly mage. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m a Pritkin fan girl. I really wouldn’t mind if Mircea met the wrong end of a stake so Cassie would be free to be with Pritkin (too harsh? No.). He steals every scene he’s in. He’s been through so much, sometimes I just want to reach through the book and hug him. Whenever the series ends, I hope he ends up happy.

10. Vel – Sirantha Jax series by Ann Aguirre

Vel once told me that the heart isn’t like a cup of water. You can’t drain it. It’s more like an endless well, and the more you love, the more it pumps out.

I equate Vel with Garrus from the Mass Effect video game series. Neither is particularly attractive by human standards (one’s race is referred to as Bugs while the other looks kind of like a dinosaur), but their personalities are such that you can’t help but love them. Throughout the Sirantha Jax series, I always kind of wanted Jax to dump March and go for Vel. He is just all sorts of awesome: sensitive yet tough, protective, and loving. He is by far my favorite character in the series.

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12 Days of Christmas: Kaitlin’s Favorite Standalone Novels

December 17th, 2014 @ 11:08 am
Posted by Kaitlin under 12 Days of Christmas Tags: 12 Days of Christmas

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me 10 books that stand all on their own!

Series are great. But isn’t it just so easy to have one book, to wrap up a plot in one novel, to love and hold and then be done with? Not to mention the price. Ten bucks is better than the thirty you would have to pay for a trilogy, and in paperback.

Here is a list of some of the stand alones I read this year.

1. Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu

Life by Committee

Interesting and easy to get into, this novel has a cool message. I had problems with some confusing paragraphs but did end up enjoying this book.

2. Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper

Salt and Storm

This book was beautifully written- but slow. Very slow paced. And the romance wasn’t my favorite. But I loved the story for its awesome plotline and unexpected twists.

3. Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

Faking Normal

This book was sad, extremely sad, about working through denial and learning to trust. I thought it was a wonderful read for a rainy day.

4. I Was Here by Gayle Forman

I Was Here

I had never read a Gayle Forman in the past, and I did end up enjoying her writing. This book was so incredibly depressing but I appreciated the way it gave a message.

5. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

This was a cute book about first love, and I’d heard tons of hype. Unfortunately this was not my favorite book. Yes, I liked it, but not as much as I expected to.

6. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars

What a twist! Even after all my guessing and hypothesizing, I could and did not see the ending coming.

7. Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule

Strange Sweet Song

This story was just so unique and beautifully written I could not keep from loving the premise, characters, and plotline.

8. Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn

A Creature of Moonlight

I wrote a raving review for this book this year, the first book to ever receive a crown with its five stars. It’s writing was so detailed and interesting I could not put it down.

9. Origin by Jessica Khoury

Origin

This sci-fi book was thought out perfectly. All the science was explained in a way I understood crystal clear and the love interest was great. One of my favorite standalones- ever!

10. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

Princess Academy

This book was a reread. I’ve loved this since I was a child- it’s like the The Selection by Kiera Cass except more historical than dystopian. It gets better every reread! Shannon Hale is a master!

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12 Days of Christmas: Bridget’s Favorite Standalone Novels

December 17th, 2014 @ 12:05 am
Posted by Bridget under 12 Days of Christmas Tags: 12 Days of Christmas, Standalone

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me 10 books that stand all on their own!

For today we are going to talk about our favorite standalone novels. Even though I don’t read a ton of these it is really refreshing at times to just read one book and be done. You don’t have to wait another year for the next book to come out and getting that sense of completion can be really nice. I have noticed that over the years there have been many book I have read that were originally planned as standalones, but eventually a companion novel was written or the author decided to turn it into a series. Because of that it was actually a lot harder to come up with 10 standalone books that I loved, but I was eventually able too.  Most of them were released this year and odds are a few of them will end up becoming series but as of right now they are all standalones.

10. Countdown by Michelle Rowan

Countdown

I have noticed many times when I read a standalone novel that because there is only one book it ends up feeling rushed in many of the books especially if it is an action packed story.  Countdown is one of the rare standalone stories that I have read that was action from start to finish but had perfect pacing. It is one of those books that you honestly can’t put down until you finish. There was adorable romance a suspenseful plot, and interesting characters.  It has everything I am looking for in a wonderful book and luckily it is something you can read in just one sitting!

9. Parallel by Lauren Miller

Parallel

I haven’t read many science fiction novels but this is one of my favorites.  In all honestly it is more of a contemporary novel with a very light sci-fi twist to it.  I loved that Miller explored how one little choice like which elective to take at school can shape your entire life. The main character Abby was very likeable and interesting to get to know.  This is one of those books that really make you think about the choices you have made in your life and what the consequences have been because of those choices.  I loved this story and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a light sci-fi read full of romance and emotion.

8. Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez

Kiss Kill Vanish

So I have always found the Mafia fascinating especially when they are part of fiction books. I don’t really know why because honestly most of the people that have anything to do with the Mafia are not good people, but for some reason when a book has some kind of ties to the Mafia it instantly attracts me.  So of course when I heard about Kiss Kill Vanish for the first time I added it to my TBR pile right away, and lucky for me I ended up getting an early copy.  This was a slower paced novel which I don’t usually like, but I totally devoured the entire thing.  I loved watching Valentina struggle and try to start over. It made her a very likeable character and easy to connect with. The romance was sweet and not overdone. There was great action with lots of suspense and really everything about this book was wonderful!

7. Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

Rites of Passage

This is one book I actually considered leaving off the list because I want a sequel so bad and there is a possibility that there will be one.  But as of right now it is a standalone and I can’t say enough good things about how much I loved this book.  This was Hensley’s debut novel and it takes place at a military school that until this year didn’t allow girls to enroll.  The main character is Sam McKenna and she decided to be one of the first girls to attend Denmark Military School.  She grew up in a military family and both her brothers and her father attended Denmark. This book was full of suspense, emotion, and my one of my new favorite books boys Drill Sergeant Dean Stamm!!! Like I said at the beginning I am seriously hoping for another book, but if that doesn’t happen I would still highly recommend this to everyone it is a wonderful read!

6. Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

Illusions of Fate

Kiersten White is one of my favorite authors.  She always writes really fun stories with witty heroines and adorable romance.  I have read pretty much all of her works but Illusions of Fate is by far my favorite.  It has an Edwardian setting with paranormal elements mixed in.  The main focus of the story is probably the romance, but to be honest there is so much more going on in the story that I am sure this will be a hit for anyone that loves young adult high fantasy or paranormal books!

5. Winterspell by Claire Legrand

Winterspell

This is a captivating retelling of the beloved Nutcracker! From the first moment I picked up this book I just couldn’t put it down. The writing is beautifully done and the story was so much fun to read.  I’m not sure if you would categorizes it as a high fantasy or a paranormal because it had elements from both genres.  I loved the characters, the romance was steamy and perfectly developed, the action was non-stop, and there was a great villain. While at times I wish there were have been more books to come from this amazing world, the ending of the story was very satisfying and could not have been better. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a sexy young adult novel that will leave you breathless!

4. On the Fence by Kasie West

On the Fence

When I think about this book I can’t help but get all giddy inside!!! This is one of those books that really hit home for me and was the perfect romance.  If you have read many of my reviews you will know how much I love best friends romances and this one is probably my all time favorite one ever.  Charlie was such a likeable character and in many ways she reminded me of a younger version of myself.  Like all of West’s stories this was full of humor and emotion.  If you have not read anything by Kasie West yet I highly recommend you do all of her books are amazing, but this one is my favorite so far.

3. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Open Road Summer

When I started reading Open Road Summer I didn’t quite know what to expect, but I was blown away by this amazing debut by Emery Lord.  It is one of those books that have pretty much everything from a great friendship, a fun adventure, adorable romance, and very loveable characters.  In many ways it is a coming of age story for the main character Reagan and watching her grow was very heartwarming and entertaining.  I honestly couldn’t believe that this was Lord’s debut novel it was done so perfectly and I seriously can’t wait to see what she comes out with next!!!

2. Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

Book of a Thousand Days

This is a book that I have read multiple times and will read multiple times more in the future.  It is based on the little known fairytale Maid Maleen. It is written in journal format so it is a fairly quick read, but one of my all time favorites.  It has a beautiful epic love story with a wonderful heroine and a dreamy prince.  In many ways I actually wish that this was part of a series because I loved it so much, but really I think that it ended perfectly. If you like fairytales this is a must read!

1. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Out of all the standalones I have read throughout the years this is by far my favorite.  The entire book takes place in just 24 hours and I can’t express how adorable this story is.  Even though it is only a very short period of time everything felt so believable and realistic to me.  You instantly fall for the characters and the romance just makes you all giddy inside.  But it also has some very emotional moments that really pull at your heartstrings.  Honestly if you are in any way a contemporary fan this is a must read.

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12 Days of Christmas: Kristie’s Books that Made Her Ugly Cry

December 16th, 2014 @ 12:06 am
Posted by Kristie under 12 Days of Christmas Tags: 12 Days of Christmas

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me ugly tears running down my face!

I am a very emotional person so it really doesn’t take much to make me cry. As I was trying to come up with my list, I had a hard time coming up with books that just absolutely made me cry. I find the older I get the more emotional I have been so the tears have really been with more recent books that I have read.

1. Justice by Jennifer Harlow

JusticeEbook

This novel was an emotional roller coaster for me. Joanna has spent most of her life in love with her best friend, Justin. She didn’t even know he that is also the superhero Justice. I really loved the interaction between Joanna and Justice. She absolutely hated him. Terrible things happen in this book. Hearts break at all the realizations that were revealed. I may have been going through something when I read this but the emotions just overwhelmed me so I just couldn’t help but cry.

2. Slave to Sensation & the Psy/Changeling Series by Nalini Singh

Slave to Sensation

I had already read 2 or 3 of Nalini’s Guild Hunter series before I decided to tackle this series. The first novel in this series had me teary eyed several times but what really go me was that Sascha was facing death and in order to live again she had to let go and trust love. Nalini really knows how to write powerfully emotional characters. It is the bonds that the characters have with each other and their families that get to me every time. Almost all the books in this series have had me in tears.

3. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars

I knew going in to reading this that I would inevitably cry. The saddest part for me wasn’t the actual ending. It was the mock funeral that was held by a few of the cancer patients that had me crying and laughing all at the same time.

4. For a Few Demons More by Kim Harrison

For a Few Demons More

If you are a fan of this series, then you know what happens in this book. I don’t really remember if I cried but I do remember throwing my hardcover book into a wall then immediately getting up and making sure the book was okay. I didn’t care about the wall.

5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

It is no surprise that this book made my list. I wanted to read this book so bad before it got ruined that I took it to work. (I used to have a lot of downtime at work.) I was near the end and my shift was close to being over, I though really hard about just finishing the book at home, but no, I chose to finish it. I cried so hard, coworkers were coming up to me to make sure everything was okay. It was so embarrassing.  :oops:

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